Graduate Program FAQs
Do you offer visits to the program?
An Open House is offered each semester if you wish to visit and tour our department. Individual visits are not recommended unless you are visiting from out of state due to the heavy load our faculty have with teaching, research, advising and scheduled meetings. We encourage you to plan to join us at an Open House. Dates will be posted on the website.
What semesters do you accept new graduate students?
We accept applications for the fall semester ONLY. However students have the option to begin to take some courses over the first summer and then graduate in May two years later rather than August.
When do I apply for the CSD graduate program?
The deadline date is Feb 1.
Where do I submit my application materials and transcripts?
All application materials are submitted to the Admissions Office who will forward the folders to the Dept when they are complete.
What if I cannot get my GRE results before Feb 1?
All application materials are due by the deadline. However if the scores or references are not available until about a week after the deadline and the rest of the application is in, you can submit them to admissions on the understanding that your folder will be considered incomplete until everything is received.
When is it too late to take the GRE?
Your official GRE score report must reach the Office of Graduate and International Admissions (GIAC) by the required CSD deadline date. It is in your best interest to take the (GRE® revised General Test) at least 4-6 months prior to the deadline date so that you may have the opportunity to retake if necessary. GRE exams taken after the required deadline date WILL NOT be accepted.
I have taken the GRE more than once. Which score will be considered?
We will use the highest score for each section (verbal and quantitative). For example, if you take the GRE in June and score 450 on verbal and 390 on quantitative, and then take it again in October and score 420 on verbal and 460 on quantitative, we would consider the first 450 on verbal and the second 460 on quantitative to be your GRE scores. The Analytical Writing Section is used in our review, so it is necessary to take this section of the GRE exam.
I took the GRE more than five years ago. Will the score count?
No, GRE scores are valid for a maximum of 5 years. For Fall 2014 admission, the GRE must have been taken by October 2009 or after.
At least one reference has to come from faculty but what if I only have supervisors at work who are able to write recommendations for me?
Letters from faculty in Communication Sciences and Disorders with whom you have taken courses and/or worked on research projects are the most helpful to our admission committee. Two letters from employment supervisors are accepted but preferably from those supervisors who work in CSD or a related field and you will be at a disadvantage if we do not receive at least some input from academic faculty with whom you have worked. Failure to provide two letters of reference will result in your application being considered incomplete.
How do my recommenders submit their letter of reference?
The OLLU form should be completed and a letter of recommendation can be attached to the form.
How does the admissions committee determine which applicants are admitted to the graduate program?
We evaluate each and every application individually, carefully assigning scores to all factors such as GRE scores or Millers Analogies, cumulative GPA, GPA in the major or leveling courses, personal statement, letters of recommendation, resume, and interview if invited for interview. Successful applicants will the top applicants who are likely to be successful as a graduate student in our academic and clinical program. Students must pass the interview to be accepted into the program regardless of their accomplishments in other areas. We do have minimum values for such factors as GRE scores; all applications are considered carefully.
Do all the prerequisite courses have to be completed at the time I apply?
No, we understand that you may still need to complete courses in the spring and/or summer. To be competitive for admission, though, you must be able to show that you will complete all of the required prerequisites by the time your graduate program starts in the Fall.
What information should I include in my Personal Statement?
The Personal Statement will be a one to two page document preferably in word format. Applicants are asked to describe 1) academic and/or personal experiences leading to an interest in graduate study in speech-language pathology, 2) future career plans, and 3) choice of OLLU.
Are interviews required?
Interviews are required for students short-listed as potential candidates for the MA program. Any student who interviews but is not accepted for the program will be wait listed.
How do I find out the status of my application with the Office of Graduate Admissions?
When will I find out if I have been admitted to the CSD graduate program?
Decisions are typically announced mid to late March by email immediately following Departmental interviews. It is in your best interest use a personal email account instead of a school account and an address where you can receive correspondence even after you graduate from your current school.
How soon does your OLLU/CDIS Dept need to know my decision of acceptance if I am admitted into the CSD graduate program?
We would like to know as soon as possible, but in any case no later April 15th which is the deadline across the US agreed by CAPCSD (Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences & Disorders). No school should ask you for a commitment prior to this date.
Can I defer my enrollment?
A student who has been admitted to the program may request defer enrollment to the following year under special circumstances. Please email the Department with such requests.
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